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Suspect shoots at Waterloo Police officer

WATERLOO (KWWL) - A man who shot at a Waterloo Police officer remains at large.  Shots rang out late Saturday night in Waterloo after police tracked down a suspected hit and run driver.

It began just before 11:30 p.m. after a report of a hit and run at Mitchell and La Porte Roads in Waterloo.

Police later tracked down the 2001 Dodge Stratus they say the suspect was driving in the parking lot of the Olive Garden restaurant at San Marnan Drive and Schukei Road.

That's when they say the suspect ran from police into a nearby wooded area and fired shots at the officer.

The officer returned fire.

No-one was hurt.

A resulting search for the suspect lasted through the night and into Sunday morning.

Emily Cabbage lives in a condo near where the incident occurred.

She spent the night in her basement.

"About 1:30, there was a knock on the door and there was an officer with a rifle that told me to go to the basement and make sure that my doors were locked and everything was shut," said Cabbage.

Police searched for a gunman through the morning - using their officers, ones from neighboring departments, and planes and helicopters.

Matthew Harp says he was stopped for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"All of a sudden, I got a cop yelling at me in the bush, get down, get down, pointing at me with a gun. I was freaked out, I didn't know what happened," said Harp.

Police say they're on the right track to find the suspect.

They say they think the man just didn't want to be arrested.

"Where the actual exchange of gunfire took place was inside the wooded area and I don't believe any citizens were in danger. I believe the suspect's intent was to get away from the police officer," said Capt. Tim Pillack, Waterloo Police Dept.

Police aren't releasing the name of the officer.

They say he's been on the force less than five years and is on paid administrative leave while the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation looks into the case.

That's routine when an officer fires his weapon.

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